AAP Begs To Differ With Anna Hazare
New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has said it would beg to differ with anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare’s opinion on the corruption allegations against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Anna Hazare has said he was saddened on hearing the corruption charges being levelled against his protege and a colleague in the anti-corruption campaign under the banner ‘India Against Corruption.’
Anna Hazare spoke on Sunday at Ralegaon Siddi near Pune in Maharashtra which has been the Centre for his activities. “It is because of the anti-corruption movement that Kejriwal became chief minister of Delhi. When I hear charges of corruption against him it makes me sad,” said the 79-year old activist. But Ashish Khaitan,AAP spokesman has said his party differs with Anna and the party thought Kapil’s allegations are not worth responding to. Mishra has alleged that he had seen Kejriwal receiving ₹2 crore from Minister of Health Satyender Jain. Manish Sisodia had rubbished the argument.
Sacked Minister Kapil Mishra held a media conference on Sunday to say im gthat Kejriwal has to explain where from he was getting enormous amounts of money and how did he spend it. As Mishra’s media conference was going on, Kejriwal had a huddle with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and other senior colleagues. Senior leader and poet Kumar Viswas has attended the meeting and left before it was concluded. Kapil Mishra is a close associate of Viswas whom he supported to the hilt when the latter rebelled against Kejriwal. The CM went to Kumar’s residence and worked out a compromise. Biswas, who was contemplating to leave the party, had decided to stay back. But Kapil Mishra, a staunch supporter of Viswas and a minister for water supply, was sacked on the third day of reaching the compromise.
AAP founders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan had left the party soon after it came to power on the same grounds of financial impropriety.
Kejriwal was an active participant in the campaign run by non-profit organisation ‘India Against Corruption’ which struggled for Lok Pak Bill in 2011. Anna opposed Kejriwal when he resolved to launch a political party. Later, he relented and blessed Kejriwal. However, Anna has kept an eye on Kejriwal’s politics. It was not the first time that the Gandhian has expressed his reservations about Kejriwal politics.